Both channels were already available via M7 Group’s Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and will now also be made available to subscribers of Canal Digitaal and TV Vlaanderen, operating via the same Astra at the 23.5 degrees East DTH satellite position. Film Europe will also become available for subscribers of Online.nl, the M7-owned IPTV provider for the Dutch market.
Film Europe provides a selection of European movies in native HD, and will be available with Dutch subtitles. In addition to Film Europe as linear channel, a selection of Film Europe’s offering will also be available via the VOD portal of Canal Digitaal and TV Vlaanderen.
Up Network focuses on the world of aviation by offering a mix of documentaries, news programmes and docu-soaps. Most of the programs will be available with Dutch subtitles.
“We are delighted with the availability of both Film Europe and Up Network for our Dutch speaking subscribers in the Netherlands and Belgium, providing a very attractive enhancement of our content offering in these important markets and benefiting from synergies between our various DTH platform operations”, said Bill Wijdeveld, VP Business Development at M7 Group.
As part of the agreement both channels acquired the right to distribute their content to third-party operators in Europe, an end-to-end distribution solution facilitated by M7 Platform Services.
In addition, RTL Crime will now also be available via satellite for Canal Digitaal subscribers, replacing Crime & Investigation. So far, the channel was only available as OTT channel for Canal Digitaal subscribers equipped with a hybrid receiver connected to the internet.
(Picture of the movie The Great Beauty on Film Europe)